Huddersfield Town vs West Ham United - Terriers Preview

Saturday 13th January

With both Huddersfield Town and West Ham United looking over their shoulders at the relegation places - this is a must-win game for both teams.

12th Jan 2018

Town suffered defeat at Leicester City on New Years Day that leaves the Terriers in 11th-place in the Premier League but just four points above the relegation places.

The Hammers have had a decent start to the new year by picking up four points with victory over West Bromwich Albion and a draw against Tottenham Hotspur; which has lifted David Moyes’s side up into 15th.

West Ham could leapfrog Town in the table should they come away from West Yorkshire with three points but the home side could move into the top 10 if they gain the victory.

It was the Hammers who inflicted Huddersfield’s first Premier League defeat back in September when Michail Antonio ran us ragged in a 2-0 win. The news that the winger is likely to miss the return fixture is a welcome boost as we could not seem to handle his pace and power down at the London Stadium.

It was no surprise to see Slaven Bilic given his marching orders in November. Already under pressure, he couldn’t seem to turn the tide and with results on the pitch going against him, it was inevitable the Croat was on borrowed time.

Cue the ridicule when his successor was David Moyes but despite a shaky start with three defeats from his first four games, the Hammers have only lost once in their last seven which includes a win over reigning champions Chelsea.

I think West Ham have enough about them to stay in the Premier League but Town have to capitalise on home advantage.

That is where the Terriers have been the strongest this season and have only suffered three defeats on home soil and that was to Spurs, Manchester City and Chelsea.

The Hammers appear a physical side with the likes of Andy Carroll, Pedro Obiang and Cheikhou Kouyate in the team and is important that Town doesn’t get bullied on the pitch.

Opposition player most feared

Manuel Lanzini

Probably West Ham’s most creative player and how they missed him when he was out with a knee injury at the start of the season.

One goal and six assists in 16 games this season, the Argentine has been in fine form of late by being involved in all three goals in the win over Stoke City and providing the pass for Obiang to score against Spurs.

Predicted Starting XI

David Wagner made a number of changes for the FA Cup tie with Bolton Wanderers last weekend which paid off as Town booked their passage into the fourth round. Collin Quaner was substituted in the game because of injury and remains to be seen whether he will be involved.

Michael Hefele returned to play 85 minutes against Bolton after being out with a long-term injury and Phillip Billing is available again after overcoming a knee injury but I suspect neither of these will be in the starting XI.

Terence Kongolo made his debut and could be in line to make his Premier League bow against West Ham.

Alex Pritchard is believed to be on his way in a £12million deal from Norwich City and he could feature if the paperwork is completed in time.

Lossl, Smith, Zanka, Schindler, Kongolo, Williams, Hogg, van La Parra, Mooy, Ince, Depoitre.

Head Prediction

Huddersfield to win 2-1.

Heart Prediction

David Moyes has made West Ham difficult to beat. Go for a draw.

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